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Panasonic lantern programme lights way in developing countries

May 2013

Japan’s Panasonic Corporation has instigated a project to donate a total of 100,000 solar lanterns to people in regions of the world without electricity, by 2018. 
 
As the first stage in this effort, Panasonic has donated 3,000 Compact Solar Lights (CSLs) to NGOs helping to solve social challenges in Myanmar, 5,000 CSLs to NGOs and social enterprises in India and 2,000 to refugees in Kenya.
 
Currently, there are about 1.32 billion people worldwide living without electricity, mainly in developing countries in Asia and Africa (source: International Energy Agency). The lack of electric light in these regions means challenges in the areas of healthcare, education and the economy.
 
In April 2011, Panasonic also donated 1,000 solar lanterns to Tanzania through a UN agency, followed by 2,000 lanterns to Cambodia through 15 NGOs in March 2012. 
 



Panasonic | Global | Renewable energy

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